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A Green-Powered Canada
For this challenge, we discussed the impact of wasting paper. Many of our students will draw/colour on GOOS paper, but they also use multiple sheets a day. We talked about how this affects our earth. We decided to try to make our own paper. Using scraps of paper left over from previous projects, the students worked hard to make them into smaller pieces so that it can be recycled.
Do You Really Need It?
We had great discussions about needs versus wants and things that can be done at school as well as at home. Many of my students are young and learning to read and write so there was a lot of guidance when working on the worksheet. Some have been scribed for them. We also spent a day with our lights off, some mentioned they were scared while others thought it was "epic". My students love that it was different from our normal while they are learning about their carbon footprint.
In my kindergarten class, we brainstormed ideas about what food waste meant. Then we watched some videos about food waste and examined what food waste looked like if we ate an apple and how to minimize wasting it. The idea of not liking certain foods came up and we read the Pete the Cat story of The 3 Bite Rule. In one if the videos about food waste, students noticed that there was mold growing on some cheese in the fridge and we discussed what mold is and how it works. Naturally, this lead to an experiment with growing mold. We took 3 pieces of bread and put them in ziplock bags. 1 piece untouched, 1 piece touched by the entire class and the last piece rubbed on the floor near the garbage. We are still waiting to see what will happen with the bread. Next we sorted food items into the 3 types of bins we have available in our room as the other educators and I are asked daily about where wrappers or orange peels belong. Lastly, we played a guessing game about fruit and vegetables.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
One Hour No Power
The Phantom of the Classroom
We brainstormed what Phantom energy is and then we watched a video about it. After, we coloured and cut out our own phantom and tried to find places in the classroom where phantom energy exists. They also took home their phantoms and looked for more phantom energy at home.
Tips and Tricks
For this challenge, we brainstormed ways that we use water, then we watched a video about the water cycle and its uses. As a class we calculated how much water we use in a day. Afterwards, we discussed ways to save water. Another day we calculated our class usage again and compared the two.
What’s For Lunch?
For this challenge, we watched a video about the food groups and where it comes from then had some great discussions. We sent home a recipe template and the students worked with their families to pick their favourite recipe to share with the class. We plan to bind the recipes together and share a copy with the families.
What’s Old is New Again
For this challenge, we discussed how imporant it is to reuse whatever we can. We looked around our room to use what we already reuse and then took some time to create artwork using recycled materials. Some students created pinwheels or something else using GOOS paper, others still created puppets.